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Study in San Francisco

All the information you need about studying in San Francisco as an international student.

Why study in San Francisco?

San Francisco is one of most iconic cities in the US, home of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Coit Tower. Famous for its rolling fog and diverse spirit, San Fran is also regarded as the cultural, commercial and financial center of Northern California.

The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US, and it also boasts a large and vibrant student population. There are several top universities and colleges located in San Francisco and the surrounding area, and the city’s accepting and artistic atmosphere make it an exciting option for international students.

Universities in San Francisco

San Francisco is a hub for education, with around 25 universities in the city, and 90 colleges within a 25-mile radius, including some of the very best institutions in the US.

As well as traditional universities and liberal arts schools, there are also law schools, medical schools, art institutes and music colleges you can attend in San Francisco, giving you a wide range of options.

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How to study in San Francisco

The first step to studying in San Francisco is working out what program you want to study, and which university you’d like to go to. You’ll then need to make sure you meet the program’s entry requirements before you apply.

The application process will be unique for each university, but you will usually need to fill out an application form and submit any other requested documents. These can include things like academic transcripts, proof of finances, references and a written statement.

Once you’ve applied and secured your place at the university of your choice, you’ll need to apply for a US student visa. You will need this before you can travel to study and live in the USA.

What to study in San Francisco

Thanks to the large and varied range of higher education institutions available in San Francisco, you're bound to find the right program for you, either at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

San Francisco is home to one of the country’s best medical schools, so health and medicine programs are popular options for students studying in the city. There are also a large number of well regarded arts schools in the area, and business and technology are also popular thanks to the city’s proximity to Silicon Valley.

Cost to study in San Francisco

The cost of studying in San Francisco is similar to other large US cities, but tuition fees will vary based on the university, level of study and program. Public universities tend to be cheaper, and can cost around $10,000 per academic year, but private universities can cost up to $65,000 per year.

Living in San Francisco can be pricey, and it is often considered to be one of the most expensive places to live in the US. Renting is particularly expensive, so choosing to live on campus could be a way to save money.

Key facts of San Francisco

  • 60 / 51°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 884,363 Population
  • 25 Universities
  • US Country